Bionano/Nanobio and Soft Matter

Bionano/Nanobio and Soft Matter

The disciplines of bionanotechnology, nanobiotechnology, and soft matter coalesce within this Research Theme. Biological systems can act as an inspiration, elegantly harnessing the special physics of the nano-world to perform ‘bottom-up’ processing with aplomb, generating smart, functional, viscoelastic matrices: from molecules to materials.

Biology can also be the end-goal, with multidisciplinary teams driving towards applications which are exciting, novel and potentially life-enhancing. Soft materials and complex fluids are ubiquitousnot only in biology and biotechnologies, but also in industrial arenas as diverse as oil recovery, food technology, cosmetics and personal care products, and electronic devices.

Soft and biological materials are characteristically complex and hierarchical, organized on multiple length-scales. To understand and exploit such architecturally rich systems, and their emergent functions, necessitates the use of experimental techniques which address many orders of spatial and temporal magnitude. The Bionano/Nanobio and Soft Matter Theme brings together researchers who, together with their collaborators, possess a unique and complementary set of theoretical and experimental expertise, skills and facilities. We continuously endeavour to identify productive new partnerships in academia and industry, especially through collaborative platforms such as the MacDiarmid Institute’s ‘Bionanonetwork’.

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